The defective GM ignition switch: designed and manufactured to fail?

Beasley Allen lawyer Mike Andrews is featured on this episode of The Law & You, sharing valuable information about the GM ignition switch recall. In February, General Motors (GM) began recalling vehicles for a defective ignition switch. The ignition switch in these vehicles may move from the “run” position to the “off” or “accessory” position, disabling power steering and brakes during operation, also possibly deactivating the airbags. GM admits the faulty ignition switch has caused at least 13 deaths.

[ Watch a detailed demonstration of the faulty ignition switch by attorney Mike Andrews – The GM Ignition Switch. What Went Wrong? ]

On this episode of The Law & You, Mike talks about the problems in how the ignition switch was designed and manufactured that can cause it to fail, and discusses some specific vehicles that have the defective ignition switch. Mike is a lawyer in the firm’s products liability section, handling cases including consumer products, heavy trucks, manufacturing equipment, aviation cases and defective automotive products. GM has now recalled more than 17 million vehicles for the defective ignition switch, and more than 29 million vehicles for other safety-related defects.


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